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Lag b’Omer is traditionally a day of Jewish weddings. What will happen under social distancing?

By PHILLISA CRAMER

(JTA) — In late April, police in London and Chicago broke up splashy Jewish weddings that far exceeded the number of people allowed under social distancing rules. 

Since then, no weddings have made the Jewish news — but that could change in the next day. That’s becaus Lag B’Omer...
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Joyce Pulitzer thrilled for ‘Cherries Jubilee” broadcast tonight

For Joyce Pulitzer, the last few weeks have been surreal. Like everyone else, she had to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and take measures to safeguard her own health and that of her husband Sidney.

Now, due to the efforts of CCJN editor Alan Smason and other members of...
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A history of Mother’s Day

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

(Editor’s note: The CCJN is reprinting this article originally written in 2005.)

This is the 106th official Mother’s Day celebration in the United States. But how many know how this holiday came about?

The earliest Mother’s Day celebrations can be traced back to...
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COVID-19 hasn’t stopped one of Israel’s national passions: folk dance

By MARCUS M. GILBAN

RAANANA, Israel (JTA) – Like all other mass gatherings now, Israel’s Karmiel dance festival, one of the largest of its kind in the world, was postponed.

The annual fest, which takes place at the end of June, draws thousands who take part in one of the...
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She survived the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic and COVID-19. What is this 107-year-old’s secret?

By BEN HARRIS

(JTA) — After Marilee Shapiro Asher was admitted to the hospital in mid-April sick with COVID-19, her daughter got a call from the doctor telling her she ought to get down there right away. Her mother likely had only 12 hours to live.

“Well, he doesn’t know...
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It’s official: Most Reform Jewish camps will cancel this summer due to COVID, affecting at least 10,000 kids

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Nearly all Reform Jewish summer camps, and at least one Conservative camp, will remain closed for the 2020 summer due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency has learned.

The landmark decision, made Thursday afternoon, will affect 15 Reform overnight camps across the...
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Israel welcomes Germany’s ‘significant” ban on Hezbollah

By ARYEH SAVIR

JERUSALEM (TPS) – Israel applauded the German Federal Government’s “important decision” on Thursday to ban the Hezbollah terrorist organization in its entirety and take action against the group’s activity in Germany.

A press spokesman for Federal Minister of Interior Horst Seehofer announced he had banned the operations...
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Israel mourns 23,816 fallen on annual Remembrance Day

By YAAKOV LAPPIN

 Israel mourned its 23,816 fallen soldiers as Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism (Yom Hazikaron) was held, for the first time, without visitors at military cemeteries across the country due to restrictions in place during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Defense Ministry’s Families...
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New services: The changing face of funerals in the time of a pandemic

By ANGELA MAONE, Exclusive to the CCJN

During this time of the coronavirus pandemic, many aspects of what had previously been viewed as normal Jewish communal life have undergone change. As with the living, many practices concerning the dead have also changed as have many of the Jewish customs by...
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A love affair that made him risk everything: Poland’s oldest rescuer of Jews reveals an epic WWII story

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Today, at 100 years old, Jozef Walaszczyk is Poland’s oldest living rescuer of Jews.

But he was fortunate enough just to survive World War II. As a partisan fighter who specialized in smuggling arms in Nazi-occupied Poland, Walaszczyk assumed that the Gestapo would...
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